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July 24, 2013

Semiya Payasam Without Condensed Milk- Vermicelli payasam Recipe

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Vermicelli - payasam
Semiya payasam must be the favourite payasam for most of the people in Tamilnadu. Its our family favorite too. People make it for all the special occasions like birthday, wedding anniversay and other occasions at home. Yesterday I made this semiya payasam without condensed milk (Milk maid) for my birthday and I enjoyed every mouth to the core. Its very easy and can be made in a jiffy. Many variations can be made to this payasam recipe by adding finely chopped nuts or badam powder or saffron milk , condensed milk/ milkmaid, khoya and make it taste more delicious. Its a simple but rich Indian dessert recipe. I have already shared Kerala style semiya payasam recipe in my Kerala Onam sadya post using milk.. Here I have shared the basic method in Tamilnadu style. Do try and let me know your feedback..


Semiya payasam without condensed milk

Semiya payasam

Semiya javvarisi payasam / sago vermicelli kheer in Tamilnadu style.

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Dessert
Serves: 2
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


  • Semiya / Vermicelli – 1/2 cup (roasted)
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Boiled Milk at room temperature – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 1/2 cup
  • Cardamom - 2 (crushed)
  • Cashew nuts - 5 (whole)
  • Dry grapes - 10
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  1. Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a kadai.
  2. Roast cashew nuts and dry grapes till golden. Remove in a plate.
  3. Roast semiya for 2 minutes. Remove in a plate.
  4. Roll Boil 2 cups of water in a vessel. Add the roasted semiya.
  5. Cook in medium flame for 10 to 15 minutes till its soft.
  6. Add sugar, cardamom powder. Mix well and boil till sugar melts.
  7. Switch off the flame once payasam becomes thick.
  8. Add boiled milk at room temperature to the hot payasam. Add half the quantity of milk for thick payasam.
  9. Lastly add the roasted nuts. Mix well and serve!
  • Roast cashews till golden and dry grapes till bulgy in a tsp of ghee and set aside. Add the remaining 2 tsp ghee in a pan and roast the vermicelli till golden brown. ( I skipped this part as I used MTR Roasted vermicelli)
  • In a wide bowl , take the  water and roasted vermicelli and allow it to cook for 10-15 minutes till it becomes soft to touch and breakable. There should be very little water left with the semiya.
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  • Now add the sugar and mix well till sugar dissolves completely. Let it boil in low flame for few seconds. When the payasam becomes thick, add the elachi powder or rose essence and milk. Stir well, give a boil in low flame and switch off the flame.
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Serve hot or cold ( refrigerate it) !!

Yummy payasam is ready !!


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Vimitha Durai said...

I love it anytime

Gajus kitchen said...

Payasam looks yummy and lovely and great that you enjoyed your favorite payasam on your birthday.

Unknown said...

Looks so delicious..always a favourite at home..

Lifewithspices said...

an all time payasam for chennaities.. good ome

AparnaRajeshkumar said...

Good decoration and click !

Akila said...

my son's favorite payasam... tempting clicks...

Priya Anandakumar said...

Delicious payasam Chitra, beautiful click

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

Beautiful clicks, my all time favorite payasam

Shama Nagarajan said...

drooling !!!

great-secret-of-life said...

nice clicks.. it is tempting too much

divyagcp said...

This is my favorite payasam too.. Looks delicious and love the clicks..

Nithya said...

Yummy yummy payasam.. Love your presentation and clicks..

virunthu unna vaanga said...

Drool worthy and perfect payasam... my favorite...

Unknown said...

Delicious!!!!! Good one............

divya said...

Lovely payasam. Pass me here :)

Priya Suresh said...

I dont mind inviting myself to ur place to enjoy this delicious and droolworthy payasam.

Sona said...

delicious payasam.

Eat n Eat little More said...

yummy payasam.. first time in your space n m glad to follow you!

Divya Shivaraman said...

wow...i am learning a new way of making this...we boil milk and everything first...your method is other way round

Shree said...

brilliant clicks ! yummy looking payasam !

Unknown said...

splendid made me to try this for trmw.... tnx for reminding this yummy dessert

Chitrangada said...

Beautiful clicks. Bumped in her from Foodgawker, and happy I did so. Great to join you.

Swathi said...

I make Vermicelli payasam this way. Love it Chitra.